The Roman Temple is a monument which we can admire the grandeur of the city in Roman times. It is composed of 11 columns, measuring 32 meters long and 16 meters wide.
Its construction dates from the middle of the first century after Christ. The materials used are mostly marble. One of its qualities, is that it was built in an area with extreme slope, so it was necessary to build a “terrace” with walls arranged in a fan, which is a very important architectural advance for the time.
How to visit the Roman Temple
To visit the Roman Temple you just have to approach him on Claudio Marcelo Street. The building is fully visible at street level. After its last restoration the temple is surrounded by a sheet of glass, giving the feeling of being inside the building.
Part of the wall of the Roman Temple can be seen and visited in the City Hall facilities, which have been able to incorporate parts of the wall inside their building.
Claudio Marcelo statue
Next to the Roman Temple and in the street that bears his name, there is a statue of Claudio Marcelo, founder of Corduba (present-day Cordoba). The statue is almost three meters high and is made of Carrara marble. It is a tribute to the founder of the city that commissioned the City Council in 2015 to the famous sculptor Marco Augusto Dueñas.
If you wonder what to see in Cordoba, this is a monument that has been recently valued. It has magnificent views, both during the day and at night with magnificent lighting.
Curiosities of the Roman Temple
What we can see today of the Roman temple is a reconstruction that took place in the 50s of the last century. For her, new pieces of the monument were built. Some of the original columns that are not found next to the Temple are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Cordova. As a curiosity, we can see parts of one of the columns adorning the Las Doblas Square.
Since when the Roman Temple is known
The history of this Roman era Temple is very curious. In the 50s of the last century, archaeologist Antonio García y Bellido values the site. To date, the existence of unidentified marble remains was known, in fact the area was called marmolejos.
After an excavation that went from the Archaeological Museum, the true extent of what was buried there was not known. The works that triggered his discovery were the works of the new City Hall. Once the Roman Temple was discovered, it was decided to rebuild it and integrate the ancient walls of the temple into the new town hall building.
Other Roman monuments in Cordoba
Cordoba is a city with numerous monuments from its Roman stage. Some of the best known are the Roman Bridge and the Gate of the Bridge, but you can also visit The Mausoleum on the Paseo de la Victoria, the Tomb of the Puerta de Sevilla and the Siege of Cercadilla.
In addition, many pieces of great importance that have been rescued from the different sites found are exposed in the Archaeological Museum. In the lower part of the Museum are the remains of the Roman Theater.